Founded in 1973, the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies (RI) promotes research on Japan and brings together Harvard faculty, students, leading scholars from other institutions, and visitors to create one of the world’s leading communities for the study of Japan.In the weeks since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, officially named the Great East Japan Earthquake, in cooperation with the Harvard Club of Japan, the Rotary Club of Okayama, Doshisha University, the Harvard Japanese Language Program, the Office of Career Services, the Harvard Summer School office, the Office of International Education, and other entities in Japan and across campus, the Reischauer Institute has thrown wholehearted support behind the maintenance of Harvard student participation in activities and programs in Japan. For graduate students with a Japan interest, RI has provided dissertation completion grants, language study grants, and other travel and research awards. In the case of undergrads, RI has provided support for research, Japanese language study, internships, Harvard Summer School in Kyoto, volunteer relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake, and other activities across Japan. Now, more than ever, RI seeks to enable students to go to Japan to study, to work, to learn, and to grow as scholars and as human beings.View the full list of students supported by RI during the 2010-11 and summer 2011 academic year.
Earlier this week, Corey Lewis boarded a MegaBus from Philadelphia to Boston.With his folding chair and camping equipment, he was likely the oddest-looking passenger. But Lewis, 25, wasn’t headed into the great outdoors. Rather, he was coming to sleep in Harvard Square — all in the name of a pair of shoes.He wasn’t the only one. This week, a line of mostly men snaked around Brattle and Church streets to ensure their chance at buying the limited-edition “Three Lies” Asics sneaker — a collaboration between Asics and the Harvard Square shoe store Concepts — that honors the legacy of the University and has fun with the three falsehoods surrounding Harvard Yard’s famed John Harvard Statue. (The statue is not a likeness of John Harvard himself but of a model, and Harvard did not actually found the University that bears his name. In addition, the statue lists the founding year as 1638, which is two years late.)“My love for sneakers brought me here,” said Lewis, who learned about the shoe from social media. “I have friends with over 500 pairs of shoes. I have about 35 or 40 pairs myself. My closet’s pretty full.”Opened in 1996, Concepts has a history of collaborations that regularly draw a fashionable crowd willing to brave the region’s infamously dicey weather to score a pair of cult sneakers. Only 800 pairs of the new sneaker were made and they went on sale at 10 a.m. today.The most covetable feature of “Three Lies” is its gold toe — a perfect homage to the bronze statue that’s purported to bring good luck with a rub of its foot.“This shoe is so serious,” said Kamal Malik, 20, of Cambridge.Malik was the first person to arrive bright and early Monday morning and he served as the store’s gatekeeper of sorts, keeping a numbered list of campers. “This is the only store selling this shoe,” he said. “But the shoes are for Cambridge, and that’s why I’m out here.”Malik said he has camped out at Concepts “dozens of times” for sneakers. His passion for shoes runs so deep that he and some of his family launched a business called Sneakergreet, a website that connects “sneakerheads” interested in meeting and buying or trading shoes.Echoed friend Robin Brown, 23, “If you’re from Boston or Cambridge, you have to get these shoes.”Not even the $150 price tag could deter freelance Web designer Derek Houston, 19. “You either live high fashion or you don’t,” he said. “These sweatpants cost $300.”All week, the campers bonded but were sometimes tortured by the side effects of their sneaker quest. With unseasonably chilly temps rolling in, the men turned to the nearby 24-hour Market in the Square to “warm up, grab tea,” said Malik.“It’s boring, but the anticipation is killing me,” admitted Malik, who rushed off Thursday evening to take a shower. Lewis held his place in line.“My need for bodily hygiene is outweighed by the need for these shoes,” Lewis said.Friends Kevin “Kev-Cash” Robles, Bidhan Roy, Alex Velazquez, and David Medrano drove up from New York City to purchase the sneakers. “We came for the seafood too,” said Medrano.Their numbers in line were somewhere in the 30s, and the same went for their sleeping time: “I’ve slept like 35 minutes,” said Velazquez, 25.But with luck, he would be one of the few walking around New York City in rare Boston shoes.
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of SHI)DIF Capital Partners, through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I, has signed a deal securing a 50 percent stake in a French incorporated company that will own and operate a fleet of five to-be-built LNG carriers. The independent infrastructure fund manager, DIF Capital Partners said it signed final documentation alongside ship-owner Geogas Maritime and Access Capital.The remaining 50 percent will be held by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), DIF Capital Partners said in its statement.The five 174,000-cbm vessels will be built by South Korean shipyards and equipped with state-of-the-art LNG fuelled propulsion technology, resulting in best-in-class environmental performance, the statement reads.The first ship is expected to become operational in April 2020. All five ships will fly the French flag.The vessels will be chartered to a French and European utility under long-term contracts and will be project financed under a customary French lease structure.